CDKN Launches Guide on Implications of Green Growth for Development [viewed]

20 July 2011: The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) has launched a guide titled "Green Growth: Implications for development planning," which focuses on the role of economic tools in planning for green growth.

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World Bank Approves GEF Project on REDD+ in the Congo Basin [viewed]

World Bank14 July 2011: The World Bank approved a US$13 million project from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to strengthen the capacities of the Congo Basin countries on issues related to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) and forest carbon stocks measurements.

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WIPO Holds Conference on Innovation and Climate Change [viewed]

13 July 2011: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has hosted a conference on the role of innovation and technology in the development and diffusion of green technologies to provide solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

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UN CC:Learn Considers Selection of Countries for Pilot Projects [viewed]

8 July 2011: The Steering Group of the One UN Training Service Platform for Climate Change (UN CC:Learn) recently selected three countries from among the 25 countries that expressed an interest in the UN CC:Learn's Pilot Projects to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change, which aim to help countries take a strategic, long-term and results-oriented approach to climate change learning. The Group's decision in this regard will be released soon.

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Event: Second Session of the IRENA Council [viewed]

The second session of the IRENA Council is tentatively set to take place in November 2011.  

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Event: Mountain Day at UNFCCC COP 17 [viewed]

Mountain Day 2011 is being organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Mountain Partnership Consortium and will seek to highlight the critical role of mountain ecosystems for climate adaptation and sustainable development. It will be held during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011. The event will assemble a high-level panel to advocate the value and role of mountains and call on COP 17 delegates and global development partners to act to save vital mountain ecosystems from the vagaries of climate change. It will also issue policy messages and recommendations relevant to the deliberations at the COP 17.  

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Event: CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Committee will meet to approve new projects and review implementation of the CIF.  

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Event: CIALCA International Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

This meeting is being hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa.  

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Guest Article #62: Harnessing the Potential of IRENA [viewed]

This April witnessed the historic first Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a fledgling Agency with the potential to transform the world's response to the urgent need to harness renewable energy and put the world on a sustainable clean energy path.

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Segment Highlights Need for Increased Resilience [viewed]

21 July 2011: Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, opened the humanitarian segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) underlining that global challenges, such as climate change, the food and energy crises, migration and environmental degradation, "continue to increase people's vulnerability and humanitarian needs.”

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